John Houghtling

John Houghtling

Tuesday, October 8th, 1935 Saturday, July 27th, 2019

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Obituary for John Raymond Houghtling

John Raymond Houghtling passed away on July 27, 2019, at the age of 83. He was born in Warren, PA October 8, 1935 to Victor and Hazel Houghtling.
After graduating from high school in 1953 in Youngsville, PA, John joined the United States Navy and served from 1954-1958. On July 2, 1960, John married Marilyn Waddell from Pleasantville, PA and from this marriage were born three children: Rodney, Debra and Jennifer. John and Marilyn both accepted Christ at EUB church in Youngsville, PA, February 1968. The family moved to California in 1970 and John worked at a Christian organization for five years before moving the family to Springfield, MO in 1975. In 1997 John retired from General Electric after 22 years and in his retirement delivered Meals on Wheels.
John was a people person who loved to talk, tease and laugh. He was generous, kind, had great character and a healthy lifestyle that he modeled for his children and grandchildren. Traveling, gardening, exercising and spending time with his family were his loves.
John was loved immensely and will be greatly missed by his wife, Marilyn, daughters Debbie and Jennifer, son-in-law, Craig, daughter-in-law, Dawna and grandchildren Natalie and her husband Conner, Ashley, Mason, Jack, Zane and Beckham and great-grandson, Aiden.
Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Visitation for John is 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home East
    3540 East Seminole
    Springfield, Missouri
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    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    5201 South Southwood
    Springfield, Missouri
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    Thursday, August 1st, 2019
  • Interment

    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    Address Not Available

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Debra K Nelson

Dear Family,
My parents were Noyd and Dorothy (VanGuilder) Chappel. Jack was a favorite cousin of my mother's and I remember attending Jack and Marilyn's wedding in Pleasantville, Pa. many years ago. I was only 9, but I remember how beautiful Marilyn looked in her gown on the steps outside the church. All those Grand Valley memories were precious to my Mom and she passed those along to my sisters and I. We are so sorry for your loss and so appreciate Jim for keeping in touch with us.
In Christ's Love,
Debra (Chappel) Nelson
Comment | Posted at 02:30pm via Condolence

Randy M. Donelson

Kathy and I have been truly honored and privileged to know John, and to call him friend. A truly great man who entertained angels, and one of the best friends I've ever been privileged to have! Randy M. Donelson
Comment | Posted at 11:29am via Condolence

Lori Saxton

We all thought so much of our uncle/great-uncle Jack, as we called him! We loved his kindness, him telling us his stories from childhood, and of course, his sense of humor! I can think of a lot of great times we all had with uncle Jack....Great memories and many laughs!! He was a great Christian man & that reflected in his life! We loved our uncle Jack! You're at peace now & no more suffering...Rest In Peace! From your nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews from PA & IL
Comment | Posted at 02:37pm via Condolence

GaryandDawn Schmidt Geldmeier

Marilyn and family, we are so very sorry for this great loss in your lives. When we think of John, we think of a faithful man who had a great sense of humor. We will miss him. We are praying for God's peace and comfort during this difficult time. Marilyn, may you find comfort in knowing he is in the presence of the Lord, and that you will be with him again one day. Love you.
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